Charity founder pleads guilty to swindling donors

Charity founder pleads guilty to swindling donors
Charity founder pleads guilty to swindling donors

The mastermind of a sham charity has admitted pocketing more than $2 million in vehicular donations meant to help disabled children, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced.

Shoba Bakhsh, of Queens-based "Hope for the Disabled Kids, Inc.," was arrested and pled guilty to charges she lied to donors and misused funds for herself and her family. The action marked the latest round the Attorney General's ongoing investigation into car donation charities.

Hope for the Disabled Kids, which has been shut down, accepted thousands of cars and generated more than $2 million in revenue between 2001 and 2009. Bakhsh promised donors that more than 90% of all donations would go directly toward helping disabled children. But no funds solicited between 2007 and 2009 were used for any legitimate charitable purposes, and Bakhsh destroyed all records prior to 2007and filed false paperwork.